Types of Maintenance Mechanics Explained

There are different kinds of careers in maintenance. You can become expert in aircraft / aviation maintenance, building maintenance, electrical maintenance and mechanical maintenance. Every one of these specialization are distinctive and require a different type of skill set.

There are different kinds of careers in maintenance. You can become expert in aircraft / aviation maintenance, building maintenance, electrical maintenance and mechanical maintenance. Every one of these specialization are distinctive and require a different type of skill set.

Aircraft Maintenance

If you would like a top paying maintenance position you may want to consider a profession in the aircraft / aviation industry. You must be the type of person who pays attention to fine detail and follow strict regulations. It’s really vital that aircrafts are taken care of and repaired right the first time. There is no room for goof ups. It’s also essential that only very skilled aircraft and avionics maintenance people perform scheduled preventative maintenance, inspections and repairs per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards.

Aircraft mechanics specialize in repair or inspection. Repair aircraft mechanics are responsible for fixing problems reported by pilots. If the pilot discovers a problem, let’s say with the landing gear, it’s up to the mechanic to diagnose, repair and document what was done. Some mechanics specialize in a specific type of aircraft such as helicopters, propeller driven airplanes or jets. Also, some mechanics specialize in a specific aircraft system such as the electrical system, engine, or hydraulic system.

If you dislike doing paper work, then becoming an airplane mechanic may not be for you because record keeping is a very important part of the job. FAA require that meticulous records must be kept and adhere to very strict guidelines.

Building Maintenance

Building mechanics are normally jack of all trades. They keep up with every day activities necessary to keep a building up and running. They must be able to make maintain, monitor, troubleshoot and make minor repairs to electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning, ventilation and heating systems. Furthermore, they must be able to read blueprint, repair manuals and order parts from parts catalog to trouble shoot and fix problems.

Building mechanics work in hospitals, hotels, office building, apartment complexes, college campuses, and so on. They are the primary responders to issues that occur in a building such as a leaky facet, blown fuse, broken windows, air conditioning, heating, blown light bulbs, etc.

Employers tend to hire high school graduates who have taken classes in mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, electricity, woodworking, computers, math and science.

Electrical Maintenance

Maintenance electricians install, maintain and repair electrical power systems, devices or components in businesses, manufacturing plants and homes.

Electricians typically focus on maintenance or construction however some will do both. An electrician may specialize in construction installing wiring systems in businesses, plants or homes or specialize in maintenance by repairing, installing, maintaining and upgrading existing electrical systems and electrical equipment.

Electricians are expected to comply with State and Local Building Codes and the National Electrical Code when working. Electricians must comprehend how to read and interpret technical drawings and blueprints to work on circuits, load centers, outlets and many other electrical components.

Electricians use various hand tools to install wiring and electrical components like conduit, pliers, hacksaws, benders, screwdrivers, wire strippers and power tools such as drills and saws.

Mechanical Maintenance

Maintenance mechanics are mainly employed by manufacturing plants and distribution centers. They typically learn most of their skills on the job, nevertheless, most will require extra education after high school via apprenticeship programs.

Maintenance mechanics are important in production plants because they are accountable to install, maintain and repair conveyors, presses, painting booths, washers, fork trucks, robots and a host of other equipment.

Maintenance mechanics sometimes referred to as Millwrights who focus on installing, assembling and dismantling machines in manufacturing plants, construction sites and power plants.

Maintenance mechanics are also referred to as industrial machinery repairers or maintenance machinists. These workers are able to find small or imminent problems and must be able to repair them before they become major problems. Additionally they complete preventative maintained work orders which are scheduled checks on particular pieces of equipment.

Dexter Johnson is teacher specializing in maintenance training.